Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razor Bill
Published: 16 August 2007
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Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires-the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, make her a dhampire. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her dhampire education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking Academy hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s – inside the Academy’s iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever…
Rose and Lissa have been away from the Academy for 2 years, living amongst the humans in order to try and blend in. They didn’t leave for fun though, there was a reason, and in Rose’s eyes anything she can do to help her best friend was worth it. When guardians track them down and they are forced to return, what awaits? Is the reason they left all those years ago still present? Rose has to kick up her training in order to catch up and spends extra lessons with Guardian Belikov, also known by Demitri. When Lissa’s safety is in danger again, Rose must protect her, for her shadow-kissed nature is the only thing that can save Lissa, from enemies, Strigoi and herself.
I read this book for the first time a very long time ago, i remember during the Twilight craze that i much preferred this book to those, this still stands true. The difference in the way that Mead has been able to create this vampire culture is fascinating, the politics of the royals and the protection they recieve from their guardians. The three types of vampire; Moroi, Strigoi and Dhampire, all fit in well with the storyline and show careful planning of the novel. Rose has a snarky attitude that is hard not to love, you find yourself entranced at the way she handles situations.
I wasn’t as keen on Lissa as a character, i believe more could have been done to make her appeal to the audience, however she is key to the storyline and therefore i am grateful she is included. Dimitri, along with Rose, is probably one of my favourite characters due to the way he builds as the story goes on. In the beginning there is no real appeal, however as it progressed you found yourself wondering about him more and more.
I love this book, definitely one of my favourites and will be for a very long time.
“The battle cry sort of gave you away. Try not to yell next time.”
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
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